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2019 Spring Term Has Sprung!
Students representing all Bexley Seabury programs—Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Diploma in Anglican Studies, and Lifelong Learning—have begun a new season of growth and development.

Welcome all!

  • After a week of arctic weather that closed schools and workplaces across Chicagoland, Formation Retreat participants enjoyed 40-degree temperatures and sunshine Feb 2–3. Retreat leaders KJ Oh and Eileen Shanley-Roberts have since convened this semester's Field Education Seminar and will soon initiate monthly Anglican Formation sessions, both online.

  • Story-Keeping, Story-Sharing, and Story-Making: Congregational Leadership and Faith Formation is a new course that meets 100% online, led by Julie Lytle. A diverse cross-section of church leaders gathered Feb 12 for the first session. Participants will learn to read their context/s (generational, cultural, ecclesial); to assess individual and communal needs; and to develop skills in the use of appropriate story-sharing methods and media for evangelization and faith formation.
  • Embodied Grace: Anglican Spirituality and Ethos led by John Dally met Feb.15–16 for its first on-campus weekend. The course will explore the nature of practice of Anglicanism as expressed in works of 15th- to 21st-century art—novels, plus, poetry, music.

  • Liturgy & Music: Theology and Practice, team-taught by M. Milner Seifert and Victor Conrado (pictured above left), will begin classroom sessions this Friday, Feb. 22. Students will develop competencies in leading worship across a range of 1979 BCP and supplemental liturgies.

Two spring courses will launch in the coming weeks. They are:

  • Anglican & Episcopal History with Tom Ferguson, which will commence March 1–2.

  • Pastoral Theology with Emlyn Ott, with its first on-campus weekend scheduled for March 8–9.
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Are You Reading This at CEEP 2019?
Join Us Any (or All) of 4 Ways
Wednesday–Saturday, Feb. 20-23 in Boston
1: MEET ONE-TO-ONE...Wednesday–Saturday at Your Convenience
Bexley Seabury President  Micah Jackson  and Director of Distributive and Lifelong Learning Initiatives  Julie Lytle  will anchor our team at CEEP 2019. They are eager to share ways the seminary can help your community grow spiritually and theologically while gaining new skills. Click the button below to schedule a time via email—or stop by our booth Thursday–Saturday where we'll have goodies on hand.
Micah Jackson, MDiv, MTS, PhD
Julie Lytle, MDiv, PhD
2: JOIN US at the CONFERENCE RECEPTION...Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
We're proud to join with other Episcopal seminaries participating at CEEP to host the Conference Reception in the Trinity Church Undercroft.  Come to Trinity for 6:30 worship and stay for conversation and refreshments .

3: ARE YOU HUNGRY?...Friday Lunch Plus at 12:15 p.m.
HOW MAY WE SERVE YOU? Bexley Seabury has a new lifelong learning kitchen and chef de cuisine, and an expandable distributive learning table to share. Join us for a  lively, interactive exploration of soul-satisfying options —onsite, online, or chez vous!

4: VISIT OUR BOOTH...Thursday–Saturday
Come and see how Bexley Seabury is living into its call to be a  "21st-century seminary beyond walls" —and learn about new ways we are supporting the church and its leaders, both established and emerging.

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On Feb. 10 Emmanuel Episcopal Church Co-Rectors Ellen Ekevag and David Jackson presented President Micah Jackson with a check for $52,863.63 to support seminary education at Bexley Seabury.
Generations of Generosity at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, LaGrange, Ill.
Sixty-six years ago, Russel and Margaret Rainey, members at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, LaGrange, Ill., wanted to encourage other parishioners to consider vocations to the priesthood. With a gift of 30 shares of General Electric stock, the Raineys established the Swetnam Memorial Scholarship Fund at Emmanuel. Over the years, the fund supported three seminarians from the parish while continuing to grow.

Last year, the parish entered a period of discernment which led to a decision to donate the entirety of the fund to support seminary education at Bexley Seabury. On Feb. 10, Emmanuel Co-Rectors Ellen Ekevag and David Jackson (Bexley Seabury DAS '17) presented President Jackson with a check for $52,863.63.

"We're deeply grateful to the Rainey family and all the people of Emmanuel Episcopal Church for all the ways they have modeled Christian community and supported those who are called to serve the Church," said President Jackson. "We are honored to carry forward your generosity and love in Christ."
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Help Us Raise More Leaders and Award More Financial Aid
Bexley Seabury is proud of its 150-plus-year tradition of offering top-quality advanced theological studies taught by world-class scholar-practitioners. Like other Episcopal seminaries, we receive no support from TEC. Our team is responsible for raising all funds needed to pursue our mission for the church.

Gifts to the 2018-2019 Annual Campaign helps us keep a lid on tuition and fees and offer financial aid to students in need. If you are able, please make a contribution by mail (1407 E. 60th Street Chicago IL 60637), phone (800-275-8235) or online by clicking the button below. THANK YOU.
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APPLY BY Feb. 28 to Begin DMin Preaching Studies This June
Consider Our DMin in Preaching Program
Contextual ... Ecumenical ... Non-residential
Offered collaboratively with five nearby seminaries, the Bexley Seabury Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program helps you sharpen and expand your skills in understanding, interpreting, and applying scripture to 21st-century living. Coursework is anchored in 3-week summer terms in Chicago, and continues throughout the year with work in your home congregation leading to a final thesis project. Click below for more information.
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Alumnae/Alumni News

Padraic Michael Collins-Bohrer  (Bexley Seabury '17)  was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 8, 2018 by Bishop Prince Singh, eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester. Padraic's first call is as a hospice chaplain in the Rochester, N.Y. area. He also supplies as needed at churches in the diocese. 

Douglas Sparks (Seabury-Western '93), eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana, is one of three leaders for the UTO Pilgrims on the Camino in Oct. 2019. Designed for both walkers and non-walkers, the pilgrimage will combine portions of the Camino de Santiago with visits to UTO grant sites in Madrid and Northwest Spain. The trip is intended to be a spiritual adventure and an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the planning of an Anglican Pilgrim Centre in Santiago, Spain. MORE HERE.

Megan M. Traquair (Seabury-Western '91) was elected the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California at the diocese’s Special Electing Convention on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Faith Episcopal Church, Cameron Park.  She is currently Canon to the Ordinary in the Diocese of Arizona. Congratulations!  MORE HERE.

Those who stood with Megan for election included alumnus Randall R. Warren (Seabury-Western '86).
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Board of Directors and Staff News
Bishop Jeff Lee, right, was among those representing the Board of Directors at the October 2018 installation of President Micah Jackson, left.

Jeffrey D. Lee, twelfth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and Bexley Seabury director, announced on Feb. 14 his intent to retire in August 2020. Bishop Lee has made congregational vitality a pillar of his ministry, notably through Fierce Conversations and the College for Congregational Development, which originated in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia. He led the Diocese of Chicago since his consecration in February 2008. MORE HERE .

Bexley Seabury has a new Chief Financial Officer. 

Chicago native Lisa Gee comes to us with 15 years accounting experience, after serving as associate controller of Restaurant Associates LLC, a division of Compass Group. She previously worked at Right at School LLC in Evanston, the Salvation Army in Chicago, and University of Chicago Hospitals. 

Lisa has bachelor's and master's degrees from Robert Morris University in Chicago. She replaces Bob Doak , who served the school well since 2012. 

President Micah Jackson said, "Bob has been a steady presence for the last six years, stewarding the seminary though some of its most challenging times. He will be missed for his financial leadership, but even more for the way he interacted with staff, faculty, and students, always making sure that the numbers never overshadowed the personal relationships that make this a special place." 

Of Lisa, he said “I am looking forward to working with Lisa as we enter this phase of rapid growth at Bexley Seabury. She brings financial knowledge, high energy, and an understanding of our mission that I expect will quickly make her a valuable member of our team.”
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In Memoriam
Anthony George Dahl (Bexley Seabury '18) died Jan. 26 from injuries sustained in a motorbike accident. Anthony began his MDiv studies at EDS and completed his degree at Bexley Seabury. Stories about this tragic accident and details of Anthony's rich life are available here and here.
We have received word of the death of  Han van den Blink , a much loved and respected professor of pastoral care at Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Bexley Hall in Rochester, N.Y., and at Bexley Hall in Columbus. After retirement, he continued to teach in Columbus. 

A survivor of Japanese concentration camps in WWII, Han completed his education at Trinity College, Yale, and Princeton. A former Presbyterian minister, Han became an Episcopal priest after working as a psychologist. He served at Grace Episcopal Church in Elmira, N.Y. His last call was at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Troy, Pa. 

His complete obituary can be found here
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